Nairo Quintana, with the help of Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde, has just two days remaining in the Alps to make good the 3m10s gap Chris Froome has – relatively comfortably – held through the Pyrenees and this week’s first two Alpine stages. Can he close the gap to the Kenyan-born Brit? It’s a tall ask, but with the iconic Alpe d’Huez standing between Team Sky and Sunday’s champagne-soaked procession into Paris, the unlikely is still possible. Remember, Froome blew up on d’Huez in 2013, ceding over one minute to Quintana after failing to take on food at the foot the second ascent. Saturday’s stage will also take on the Col de la Criox de Fer before finishing atop the Tour’s most famous mountain finish.
Before Saturday, however, the riders have another difficult day in the Alps to contest. Friday’s Stage 19 contains around 60km of climbing at an average gradient of 6.5% and includes one Hors Catagorie, one 2nd category and two 1st category cols, including a mountaintop finish at La Toussuire. Could we see Alberto Contador – nearly seven minutes down on GC – launch a desperate long-distance attack?
NBC Sports has live coverage of Stage 19 from 7am Eastern Friday morning, with highlights at 8pm in the evening. It’s a similar story for Saturday’s Stage 20: live coverage from 7am and highlights at midnight.
In the UK, ITV4 has live coverage of Stage 19 from 1pm BST on Friday, and live coverage of Saturday’s stage from 12pm BST. Their excellent highlights package will be shown at 7pm on both evenings.
If you don’t find yourself in front of a TV this weekend, here’s how to watch stages 19 and 20 of the 2015 Tour de France online and on mobile:
Watch 2015 Tour de France Online
Viewers in the UK can catch free online coverage of every stage via the ITV Player website. No subscription is required, you lucky, lucky people.
US viewers with access to a cable or satellite subscription — either yours or someone else’s — can watch the race online for free via NBC Sports Live Extra. You’ll need a cable or satellite log-in and password to access the stream. The site’s frequently asked questions page has a rundown of technical requirements and other information.
In Europe, viewers with a Eurosport Player subscription will be able to watch here.
Also check out procyclinglive.com, where free live streams of the race are scheduled to be posted.
Watch 2015 Tour de France on Mobile
Mobile users in the US can watch the race via the NBC Sports Live Extra App, which you can download in the App Store or the Google Play store. As is the case with the desktop livestream, you’ll need a cable provider log-in to watch.